Is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) a Symptom of Varicose Veins?

Many people with varicose veins are surprised to learn that one of the most common symptoms is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). RLS is characterized by its irresistible feeling to move your legs, particularly at night while you’re trying to sleep. Varicose veins are a separate medical issue known for twisting, bulging veins usually found in your legs. While these are separate conditions, in many cases restless legs are a commonly found symptom with varicose veins. So, how are the two conditions related? Let’s take a look and hopefully find some ways to give you relief and peace of mind.

What Are The Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Especially in the early stages, symptoms of varicose veins are not usually very obvious to others. In fact, many people don’t even have bulging veins at all. However, many common issues may develop the longer the veins persist, including:

  • Swollen ankles
  • Itchiness around the shin region
  • Dull, aching pain that gets worse as the day goes on
  • Legs feeling tired and heavy constantly
  • Muscle cramps, most commonly at night
  • Inflammation or reddening of the skin
  • Restless legs when trying to sleep at night

Varicose veins can become severely uncomfortable and possibly even pose more serious health risks so patients are encouraged to find early treatment.

How Are Varicose Veins and Restless Leg Syndrome Related?

Although not everyone understands the symptoms of varicose veins, many do know the usual signs of RLS. The symptoms associated with this condition are:

  • Throbbing
  • Itching
  • Pulling sensation
  • Aching
  • Creeping (prickly feeling)

Restless leg syndrome affects about 10-15% of Americans, though not all of these cases are caused by varicose veins. Varicose veins do, however, appear in many RLS patients though. So, if you think you have RLS, it may be possible that varicose veins are the cause. Fortunately, treating varicose veins will most of the time lead to an improvement in RLS.

If you are concerned about how the symptoms of varicose veins and RLS are affecting you, visit Southwest Vein and Leg for a consultation. Please call 817.235.0769 for more information or to schedule an appointment now.

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